Gorakhpur/New Delhi/ Lucknow: The family of Kafeel Khan, the doctor whose brother was shot in Gorakhpur on Sunday evening, has come up with a video, citing it as proof of how the police insisted on shuttling the injured man from hospital to hospital, delaying his treatment for three hours.
Kafeel Khan, who was jailed last year in connection with the children’s deaths in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, says the shooting was a conspiracy and accuses the police of obstructing treatment. However, Kashif has undergone an operation and the doctors have said that he is out of danger.
Kashif Jameel was shot in the neck and he was shunted from hospital to hospital for three hours before he received any treatment. All the while, the bullet was lodged in his neck. The video shows the bleeding man lying on a stretcher in what appears a hospital corridor, while a savage argument rages over him between his family and the police. A man holds his hand. Another holds a bottle of saline. There is no doctor in sight.
Kafeel Khan was in charge of oxygen supply at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College, where more than 60 children died last August. Critics cite oxygen shortage as the reason. The BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government, however, had denied that shortage of oxygen led to the deaths, but Dr Khan was accused of negligence. His family says he was made the scapegoat.
Kashif is out of danger: Police
Police said Kashif Jameel is out of danger. Circle officer (city) Atul Kumar Chaubey said police was informed almost half an hour after the incident. “Kashif was undergoing treatment when police came to know. He is out of danger,” he said. The police said Kashif would be shifted to a government hospital on Monday for medical examination.
How police obstructed the treatment
•The police had insisted that the matter being medico-legal, the injured man had to be taken to a government hospital. But the facilities of the first government hospital they went to the Sadar hospital were woefully inadequate, the family said. He was next taken to the BRD medical college, which turned the patient away, saying they did not have a neurologist in the hospital. He was then taken to a private hospital, where the family had taken him initially.
•The family said the police had physically tried to stop them from getting into the ambulance with the injured man. The police have said their first priority is finding the culprits, Shalabh Mathur, a local police officer, said they are waiting for a written complaint from the family.
•While they did not cite any exact motive for the murder, the family has called it a ‘conspiracy’, indicating that the matter is tied up with the arrest of Dr Khan.
‘We are Not going to leave Gorakhpur’
Hours after an attack on his brother, Dr Kafeel Khan said on Monday that his family has no intention of leaving Gorakhpur. ‘We have lived here, we will die here also,’ Kafeel said.
‘BRD Hospital culprits’ are behind the attack
Kafeel said he suspects the hand of the ‘real culprits’ behind the BRD Hospital tragedy in the attack on his brother. ‘I don’t quite know who could be behind it…But the real culprits behind the (hospital) tragedy could have done this,’ he said. In August last year, 30 infants died in 48 hours at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College Hospital.
‘BRO shot 500m from GORAKHNATH TEMPLE’
Kashif Jameel, a businessman, was shot on Sunday evening meters from the Gorakhnath temple, where chief minister Yogi Adityanath was staying. With the CM staying there, there was a heavy police presence in the area and the family questions how the shooting could have taken place in a high-security zone. ‘What does it say about the security of the state,’ he asked.
‘Allah rahem kare. I am not going to bend’
‘We will not bend’ Kafeel Khan said and added that they had taken a cue from their mother, a singularly brave woman who took a rickshaw at 5 pm to reach the hospital and sit quietly, without hysteria, by the side of her son who she had nearly lost.